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 POSITION TITLE:  Research Assistant I-Pasternack Lab


The research assistant will participate in the daily operations of the NMR Core Facility. The NMR core facility currently has six high resolution NMR spectrometers: two AVIII HD 600 NMRs, both equipped with CryoProbes, AV NEO 500 equipped with BBFO Smart probe, AV III 400 equipped with BBFO probe, AV NEO 399 equipped with BBFO Smart probe, and JNM-ECZ400 equipped with 5mm Royal Probe. Four of the six spectrometers are also equipped with sample changers. The NMR staff members are responsible for all routine maintenance on all spectrometers, software updates, NMR data archiving, cryogenic service to all spectrometers, as well as other related third-party software for off-line data processing and NMR time scheduling.

The NMR Core Facility is an open access facility serving over 250 researchers from 26 research groups within Scripps Research. The research assistant is responsible for training researchers in the proper use of the NMR spectrometers in the Core Facility, assisting/advising users in advanced NMR methods for their research projects, and ensuring that the facility’s research support capabilities are maintained in an optimal state.


 Train new NMR facility users in the spectrometers’ operation
Assist users in assessing their experimental needs; acts as a resource by fielding questions and offering instrument training and expert guidance in available methods. 
Perform more advanced experiments not available as a self-service option to users. 
Perform routine spectrometer maintenance, cryogen fills and instrument repairs. 
Perform computer maintenance and data archiving.

 Requires a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant scientific discipline or an equivalent combination of education, training and/or experience from which comparable knowledge, skill and abilities have been attained.

Requires 1-3 years experience. Candidates possessing a Master’s degree, 0-2 years experience required.
 Keen interest in small molecule NMR spectroscopy
  Demonstrated ability to teach and train others
Ability to effectively organize own time, and that of others, to accommodate user needs and be responsive to the user base in both a timely and equitable manner
Excellent experimental design and data analysis skills
Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.
Ability to communicate with a diverse array of people from a wide variety of cultural and educational backgrounds, individually or in groups
Excellent computer skills

 This position works in a laboratory. 
Details of established essential functions for this position will be addressed/discussed during the interview process.
COMPENSATION: Salary is commensurate with experience.

The above statements describe the level of work performed and expected in general terms.  The statements are not intended to list all the responsibilities, duties and/or skills required of employees so classified, and the content herein is subject to change due to the business needs of Scripps Research, with or without notice.   Furthermore, nothing in this job description shall be interpreted to be in conflict with or to eliminate or modify in any way the employment-at-will status of Scripps Research staff. 


The Scripps Research Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We promote diversity of thought, culture and background in the fields of science. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic or status. Underrepresented individuals are encouraged to apply.


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